A CHANCE TO SAY YES
by Tina Murray
In the midst of money, glamour and lust, lives a secret so life-changing it could rip their worlds apart.
What if your old high-school flame who became one of the world’s most famous movie stars moved back to town? What if he didn’t know that for twenty years you had been keeping a secret from him?
Heston Demming is at the peak of his acting career - an international celebrity whose face is on every tabloid. He is wealthy, drop-dead gorgeous, and stalked by the paparazzi, but beneath the polished veneer he is a man fighting for emotional survival – a man whose life is falling apart. When he returns to his hometown of Naples, Florida, his lavish lifestyle is declaration of victory over the poverty and hardship of his youth, but deep down inside he is a man drowning in despair. During his attempts to m ake restitution to those he wronged, Poppy Talbot, a woman he had left behind in his quest for money and fame, comes back into his life. Poppy still retains the same sweetness she had when they were love-struck teenagers and Heston realizes she is the one woman who could save him if he could get her to forgive and forget the past. Poppy is now an art dealer in this wealthy town; married but currently separated from her husband, and yet she had never stopped dreaming of seeing Heston again some day. What Heston doesn’t know is that she actually had vivid nightmares about it – about the consequences of a long-kept secret – one so deep that if she lets Heston back into her life it will surely rip their lives apart.
A Chance to Say Yes takes you inside the explosive and private life of this exclusive beachfront community’s most renowned son. The first novel in the Demming family saga from author Tina Murray – this is a love story for both women and men.
Protecting Profits in Any Economy
by Don Crist
Protecting Profits in Any Economy, a book authored by Don Crist, offers help to the small business owner who is struggling with a changing economy and answers questions like: What to do as business revenues shrink or grow.
Don Crist, a small business consultant, has captured
the complexities of business challenges and seizes a back-to-basics
approach to solve many of them. He offers first-hand examples of experiences
he has encountered during nearly a decade of consulting work throughout
North America and provides basic instruction which will enlighten and
Protecting Profits in Any Economy is directed at the trades-man who becomes an entrepreneur without formal business training and provides basic instruction on many aspects of profitable management practices. Crist says, "I have been in many businesses where basic financial and organizational concepts are replaced by seat-of-the-pants management styles. The owners are skilled at the tasks but not at managing the business."
Divided into three sections, Crist offers a Managing for Profit tutorial in section one, 12 Things Your CPA Didn't Tell You About Running Your Business in section two and the Secret to Success in section three. He includes a number of useful business tools such as a "no cost" incentive plan to replace bonus payments and a sample "flash report" – both of which can be implemented immediately. This is not a story about business, it's a guide to profit protection.
Even if you already have an "infrastructure" for growth of your business, you will find many of the principles useful and easy to establish. There are even some tax ideas any business can use. As Crist says, "If you drive your business while looking in the rearview mirror instead of the windshield, you're going to collide with unforeseen obstacles. Take control of your business - regardless of the economy."
© Melt Magazine 2009